Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen

"Do not give honey or any other bee food to an infant under one year of age. Honey contains dangerous spores that an infant's immature immune system cannot fight. These spores are not a problem for the immune systems of older, healthy children and adults." "In his summary, Dr Robinson reveals the incredible results: "In the mice not given bee pollen, mammary tumors appeared at an average of 31.3 weeks. Tumor incidence was 100% and they all died". "The average onset of tumors of the mice given bee pollen was 41.1 weeks... around 30% later in time". "Seven mice in the bee pollen group had still not developed a tumor at 62 weeks of age when the tests were terminated".

Dr Robinson concluded that bee pollen contains an anti carcinogenic principle that could be added to food."

BEE POLLEN: ENERGY FROM THE HIVE

Bee pollen is touted as a source of perpetual youth and health by many of the great books throughout history: The Talmud; the Bible, the Koran, the scrolls of the ancient Orient, Greece, Rome, Russia, the Middle East, and the list goes on. It was even frequently called the "ambrosia of the gods." Ancient Egyptians, Orientals, Hebrews and South American natives often applied a combination of honey mixed with bee pollen to wounds, burns and boils, while Orientals used honey and bee pollen mixed with fruit or vegetable juice as a health drink. Greek physician Hippocrates noted that "honey and pollen cause warmth, clean sores and ulcers." Greek athletes regularly ate honey and pollen daily which they claimed increased their strength and vigor. It even appears in Homer's Iliad as the "food of kings." Norse mythology states a belief that honey and bee pollen were the secret to eternal life. It has only been within the last thirty years or so that pollen has been scientifically studied to discover its health-giving properties.

Dr. Nicolai Tsitsin, a Russian botanist, studied a small village in the Soviet Georgia in which two hundred inhabitants were more than 100 years old. Mysteriously many of the villagers were also beekeepers. Through research he found a correlation between the "dirty honey" these people ate and their long lives. Laboratory analysis confirmed that this "dirty honey" was honey mixed with large amounts of bee pollen.

The United States Department of Agriculture conducted a research experiment which suggests that bee pollen even has anti-cancer properties. The conclusion of the project states that "the ingestion of pollenized food delayed the onset of mammary tumors." William Robinson who headed the study found that the cancer cellular growth rate slowed to about half the original rate in mice, while an Austrian report also found bee pollen to be helpful in reducing symptoms of radiation sickness in patients treated by radiation for cervical cancer.

Bee Pollen is also popularly used for treatment of allergies. William G. Peterson, M.D., a clinical allergist recommended it to thousands of patients, to help boost immunity to environmental pollution and to prepare for and cope with the hay fever season.

The amino acid phenylalanine is responsible for pollen's weight regulatory effects. Whether a person is over- or under-weight, bee pollen helps normalize weight.

Pollen also has a multitude of other effects, including strengthening the body against viral infections, relieving fatigue, assisting in the treatment of asthma, improving concentration, and skin problems. It can also help women with painful menstrual cramps or menopausal women with hot flashes. It can relieve headaches and heart palpitations. As well, pollen can increase sexual potency, fertility, and especially benefits the prostate. Regulation of colon problems is another one of its uses, as is a diuretic action of the kidney and bladder. There is even anecdotal evidence of pollen's effectiveness for children with attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Bee pollen, when ingested, rarely causes allergic symptoms. Actually, only about 0.5% of the population will ever react to it. Bee pollen is actually useful in helping people overcome their environmental allergies, including hay fever. However, if you have allergies to pollen, it would be best to seek the advice of your physician before beginning to take bee pollen. Also, do not exceed a dose of two tablespoonfuls per day, as amounts in excess of this can lead to gastrointestinal complaints. Diabetics should check with their doctors before using, as bee pollen contains natural sugars.

When buying bee pollen, it is more important to pay attention to the potency listed on the bottle than to the color. The color has little to do with its potency, but it usually indicates variations in flower sources.

There are variations in the taste of the pollen, depending, again, on the flowers it was chosen from. Since bees are discriminating for the most nutritious pollen, experiment to find the pollen that tastes best to you because most bee pollen is highly nutritious. Or, if you don't want to taste it at all, consider taking capsules of bee pollen. There are many quality brands found in your local health store. Be sure the label reads "bee pollen" and not just "pollen," since the bees' highly intuitive sense ensures more nutritious pollen, and also because the bee adds its nectar to help preserve the nutrients in it. Start slowly, taking small amounts to begin with and then gradually building, especially if you have allergies. Begin with a couple of granules to one-half teaspoon, depending on the type of pollen you have, and add more over time, stopping at a dose of two level tablespoons. A child's dose should not exceed two teaspoons. This gradual process allows your body to build up its natural resistance. Follow the label for the particular bee pollen you buy to determine the best starting dose. Capsules are best if taken about one-half hour before meals.

Pollen can also be added to shakes, salads, soups, yogurt, cereals, rice, or beans. Avoid cooking pollen since many of its nutrients are destroyed by heat. Adding the pollen grains when a dish has already cooled slightly is fine.

Bee pollen has retained its popularity throughout the ages and continues to do so. Many top athletes and celebrities use it daily. Exactly which one of its many uses gives bee pollen its fame, no one can say. Perhaps it is because pollen has so many therapeutic effects that it seems to benefit anyone who uses it. One thing is certain, however, that bee pollen is a powerhouse of nutrients, and as such it offers health, vitality and possibly longevity.
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By Michelle J Schoffro
WHAT'S IN BEE POLLEN?

Bee pollen is packed with many different nutrients: amino acids, antibiotic factors, DNA/RNA, enzymes, glucosides, hormones, minerals, vitamins and other ingredients not determined yet.

Amino Acids/Protein. There are 22 amino acids in bee pollen, including all of the essential ones in highly concentrated amounts, making it an extremely usable and complete protein. Weight for weight it is higher in protein than steak, eggs, or cheese, without large amounts of fat.

Antibiotic Factors. Bee pollen has the capacity to regulate intestinal bacteria, thereby neutralizing toxic wastes and improving blood health.

DNA/RNA (or deoxyribonucleic acid and ribonucleic acid) carries the genetic coding of the plants from which the bees found it. It is found in pollen since pollen is the part of the plant responsible for reproduction.
Enzymes. Rich in enzymes, pollen therefore promotes improved metabolism and digestion. It contains eighteen different enzymes, including amylase, diastase, phosphatase, pepsin, and trypsin. Enzymes are necessary for all bodily functions, and because bee pollen is such a rich source it greatly assists the body.

Glucosides are natural sugars that are involved in the creation of energy in the body. One main glucoside is rutin, which is important for its ability to help capillary walls resist nfection, improve heart function and respiration, promote better healing and coagulation, and control bypertension by regulating blood flow.

Hormones. pollen contains plant hormones that activate and assist the body's own endocrine glands to allow them to function better. This is especially true for men, since it can also lead to an increased sperm count.
Minerals. There are twenty-seven different minerals in pollen, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium.
Vitamins, All know vitamins, from A to K, are found in concentrated amounts in bee pollen. Bee pollen even contains Vitamin B 12, which is rarely found in plants or their products. B 12 is essential for metabolism of fat, carbohydrates, and protein, as well as blood cell and bone marrow formation, and for healthy skin and nervous system. With all the other vitamins present, it therefore makes an excellent addition to the diet to ensure healthy functioning of all bodily process.
VITAMINS

ProVitamin A
B1 Thiamine
B2 Riboflavin
B3 Niacin
B5 Pantothenic Acid
B6 Group Pyridoxine
B9 Folic Acid
B12 Cyanocobalamin
Biotin
Choline
Inositol
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Vitamin K
Rutin

MINERALS

Boron
Calcium
Chlorine
Coopper
Iodine
Iron
Magnesium
Molybdenum
Phosphorus
Potassium
Silicon
Sodium
Sulphur
Titanium
Zinc
Plus amino acids/proteins/nutrients and enzymes

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